Calgary, Alberta, September 12, 2016. An inaugural CureFest event for Childhood Cancer Awareness will be held in Calgary on September 18th, 2016 in North Glenmore Park, 11:30-2:3pm (Kingfisher Picnic site)
CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community and elected leaders.
Until recently the childhood cancer community has struggled to find its voice because there are thousands of foundations and groups. These organizations have not historically worked together therefore their impact has been very diffused. CureFest aims to bring many of these groups together to form a united voice against childhood cancer.
One of CureFest’s primary goals is to connect with and educate the general public. Since CureFest is held in a public space, general public is invited to stop by and participate in the event. There are informational booths as well as food, activities and entertainment. And, an informal Bike Ride and Walk; ‘Natasha’s Bike Ride’
Calagry’s Curefest event is organized in memory of Calgary’s own Natasha Rose Gould (2004-2016), Cancer Awareness Advocate.
Location: Mount Royal University
4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary, AB T3E 6K6
Date: March 12, 2016 starts at 10:30am, Natasha's Dream Come True Team is 12:30pm
The Stampede City Showdown is Calgary’s only cheerleading competition. With over 70 teams expected to attend, the excitement keeps on growing. So dust of your cowboy boots, and join the fun at the Stampede City Showdown.
Calgary Girl with Brain Tumour to Live Out Dream this Weekend at Cheerleading Competition
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March 9, 2016, Calgary, AB – Natasha Rose Gould, age 12, will be living a dream come true this weekend at the Stampede City Showdown Competition at Mount Royal University.
A little less than a year ago, at age 11, the world changed for Natasha. On May 1, 2015, this active, bubbly, big-hearted 11 year old, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) a highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumor found at the base of the brain, mostly in children. This same day she was scheduled to try out for a youth cheerleading position with the Calgary Stars Gymnastics and Cheerleading Club. Given the sad news, Natasha learned she was unable to fulfill her passion and tryout for the team. This wasn’t an acceptable answer for Jodi Poirier, the club owner and coach, who believes that everyone needs to have a chance to reach their dreams. In offering support to Natasha, Stars made her an honorary member and her “Dream Come True” Team is set to perform this weekend at the Stampede City Showdown Competition at Mount Royal University (MRU) held by Double Up Productions.
“I feel pretty happy,” shares Natasha. “I know there are people out there supporting me and helping me make my dreams come true. I want to be an inspiration for kids with and without cancer; no matter who you are or what is going on in your life, you can make the best of it!”
Hundreds of cheer athletes will gather to compete at the MRU Recreation Building on Saturday March 12th. The event starts at 10:30am and Natasha’s team will perform around 12:30pm. If you’ve ever attended a cheer competition you will understand the energy, excitement and utmost dedication of both the athletes and the crowd. Natasha will experience the excitement and the energy of the competition, all the while knowing how important she is to her team mates and to her community. There will not be a voice silent nor a tearless eye as she is given the opportunity to fulfil one of her dreams.
Good luck wishes have been received from all over the world including cheer teams from Australia and Scotland. Congratulatory videos have also been received from from country music singers Paul Brandt and Tim Hicks, Jann Arden, Hedley, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
It is the goal of Natasha and her parents to raise awareness for this unfortunate cancer.
“Too little funding is available to find a cure for kids with cancer and this needs to change,” says Natasha’s Mom, Saskia Van Breevoort.
In support of Natasha’s mission to help fight cancer and to raise awareness about this difficult disease, Natasha and her family created a blog located at www.prayfornatasha.ca Anyone interested in knowing more can also go to: https://ccbcf.org/our-mission/.
Calgary Stars Gymnastics and Cheerleading Club STARS 403.862.9378
For interview requests and contact on event day please contact:
NOTE TO EDITORS: Event runs from 10:30am – 12:45pm. The Dream Come True team is expected to perform at 12:40pm (however, times may vary). It would be recommended that media arrive at 12:00pm. Access via Mount Royal University Northwest Entrance (event is located in the Cougar Gymnasium.)
The Truth 365 is currently in Calgary, Canada with 11-year-old cancer fighter Natasha Gould and her family. As you may know Natasha was diagnosed with DIPG on May 1 of this year and she immediately started sharing her story through a very honest and powerful blog.
We are here in Canada to interview Natasha for one of our upcoming documentaries and thought it would be fun for her to do a live Facebook chat tomorrow night (July 1) at 8 PM ET/6 PM MT. The chat will go for about 30 to 45 minutes.
We will have her login as an admin of The Truth 365 Facebook page and you can ask her any question. The questions don't all have to be about cancer. They can be about anything. July 1 is Canada Day so you can ask her about her home country if you want to.
The goal is for Natasha to have fun and to connect with many of our amazing friends and supporters. She doesn't quite understand yet that she has the ability to be a voice for all children fighting cancer because she is a great (and willing) communicator.
Please check back tomorrow night and comment on the post that Natasha makes at 8 PM ET/6 PM MT. She will then reply to your comment.
Stay Happy Movie Night will be on June 19, 2015 at Connect Charter School.
Join us for an Outdoor Movie Night to raise awareness for DIPG Brain Cancer. There will be Merchandise for sale, YYC Food Trucks, and a Silent Auction with proceeds to DIPG Cancer Awareness, and Help Natasha Gould Fight Brain Cancer.
The movie will be outside so everyone is required to bring their own picnic blankets or chairs, and umbrellas if it rains.
- Family $25